Pineapple is a delicious and juicy tropical fruit that is considered a symbol of hospitality. Although pineapple may represent a welcome gift in the Tropics, to many of us it represents a yummy snack or dessert. The sweet golden flesh of the pineapple is high in vitamin C and fiber. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins, making pineapple a perfect meat tenderizer. Surprisingly, the thick skin of a pineapple that is often discarded also has nutritional benefits. So instead of trashing the skin after you cut up a fresh pineapple, follow these steps to make a refreshing and healthy juice.
Rinse the outside of the pineapple with water. Place the pineapple on a cutting board. Following the natural curve of the fruit, and cut off the skin from the top of the pineapple to the bottom.
Put the pineapple skin into a pot and fill with cool water until the skins are just covered.
Place pot over high heat and bring to a boil.
Cover and reduce heat to medium. Allow to boil for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from heat and strain pineapple skins from the liquid. Discard skins.
Let the juice cool at room temperature. Store the juice in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Store this juice for up to two days.
Hillary E. Berner is a registered dietitian and certified dietitian-nutritionist. She specializes in the areas of medical nutrition therapy, weight management, healthy cooking and behavioral health. Berner holds a Master of Science in nutrition and a Bachelor of Science in dietetics.